Head, Cultural Programming

City of Vancouver


Head, Cultural Programming (Bargaining Unit Position)

Requisition ID: 14362

The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is the third largest public library system in Canada, with 800 staff members offering services at 21 branches across the city.  VPL values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly service.  Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive, and rewarding workplace.
Job Summary: Reporting the Manager of Programming and Learning, the Head of Cultural Programming will plan, develop, manage, and oversee art, exhibitions, and cultural events that align with the library’s strategic plan in the areas of arts, culture and the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum (GLAM) sector. Under the guidance of a manager the incumbent will contribute to a system wide service strategy and vision for a system wide approach to the library’s art program and exhibit spaces. This includes planning, development, acquiring, implementation, quality assurance and evaluation of travelling and permanent art and exhibits. They will work collaboratively within the organization and externally to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders. Work will include planning, creating, public engagement, and partnerships.
The head will oversee the development and delivery of responsive and high quality services, art and exhibitions, and events related to the service area. The incumbent must take initiative on projects and be comfortable exercising independent judgement. The head is responsible for implementing the Library’s strategic goals and priorities in the work unit and the community, providing leadership to staff in contributing to the success of the Library as whole
Job Requirements:
  • Graduation from a recognized University plus a Master’s Degree in a curation, arts administration, museum studies, cultural planning or related field with 3-5 years’ experience and or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Two years of supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated expertise in best practices for cultural planning, exhibit or gallery management, event management, project management, and communications
  • Demonstrates experience in a leadership role in a gallery or museum working with professional staff
  • Considerable experience in the provision of arts and cultural services, project management, collegial decision-making in museums, galleries or equivalent institutional experience
  • Proven experience in contract development, lease and management agreements

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of experience of exhibition or gallery management principals, procedures and professional exhibition operation and practice
  • An understanding of the GLAM sector, and a willingness to encourage collaboration among Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums
  • Thorough knowledge of current trends and industry best practices in the areas of responsibility
  • A demonstrated ability to establish and maintain courteous and diplomatic working relations with other employees, the public
  • Ability to lead, coach and develop a staff team; excellent team-building and leadership skills
  • Ability to work independently on several projects concurrently and to effectively plan, organize, prioritize
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices of planning and coordinating the governance models, activities, programs and operations of exhibitions
  • Demonstrated research and project management skills and ability to set priorities and meet established deadlines
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity with strong service orientation
  • Ability to lead, coach and develop a staff team; excellent team-building and leadership skills
  • Knowledge of tools and techniques for business case development and evaluation
  • Ability to learn quickly and transfer knowledge to others
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Strong creative problem solving skills
  • Experience in the provision of services and programming in a community environment
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and experience making presentations to senior staff and the public
Salary range: $41.29 to $48.78 per hour plus a comprehensive benefits package.
Closing date: Resume review will begin October 18, 2019. The posting will remain open until the position is filled.
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
While the Library thanks you in advance, only those candidates being considered will be contacted.

We thank all applicants for their interest. The applicant must be prepared to work at any location in the system.  A Police Record Check is a condition of employment. Please refer to our policy for further information.  Personal information collected is used in accordance with the BC Freedom of Information and

Protection of Privacy Act.  Vancouver Public Library is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to further diversifying the Library

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Organization: City of Vancouver

Location: Vancouver, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Arts & Cultural Services
Posted: December 2, 2019, 1:20 pm
Expires: January 1, 2020, 11:59 pm

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